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We Are All Magical Thinkers: A Review of Searching for Zion

Emily Raboteau. Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora. New York, NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013.   Near the end of her memoir, Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora, Emily Raboteau finds herself standing before the meditation pool by the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr. A small sign reminds people not to throw pennies into the water. And yet the pool is full of coins, a visible reminder that, Raboteau says, we are all “distressed... Read More

A Voice in the Oregon Wilderness: Doug Frank’s Revelation of a Gentler God

Doug Frank. A Gentler God: Breaking Free of the Almighty in the Company of the Human Jesus. Eugene, OR. Wipf & Stock, 2010. $22.40.     I must confess, at the outset, that I know Dr. Doug Frank. I was a student in the Oregon Extension program he cofounded in southern Oregon and I have worked with him in an attempt to naturalize the environment surrounding the campus. We would wake in the early summer morning heat, climb toward the region he bought from a logging... Read More

Religion and Its Discontents: A Review of The Myth of Religious Violence

William T. Cavanaugh. The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009. 296 pages. List price: $49.95 hardcover/$37.02 Kindle. Over the past decade and a half, theologian William T. Cavanaugh has written at the convergence of history, political philosophy, and theology with enough expertise and intelligibility to warrant public consideration within other disciplines. Cavanaugh’s most recent book is... Read More

Just War Is Not Christian Discipleship: A Review of Daniel Bell Jr.’s Just War

Daniel M. Bell Jr., Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church rather than the State. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2009. 272 pages. $16.49 paperback (Amazon). Click here or on the image to purchase Just War as Christian Discipleship from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal. Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we have been told by both sides of the partisan fence that we now live in an “age of terrorism.” What... Read More

Radical Tragedy, Subversive Comedy: On Milbank, Žižek, and The Monstrosity of Christ

Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank. The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox of Dialectic? Edited by Creston Davis. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2009. 416 pages.$18.45 hardcover. Click on the image to purchase The Monstrosity of Christ from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal. For at least several decades, there has been a growing convergence between radical philosophy and certain branches of Christian theology. Although the phenomenon is too large and diverse for me to summarize... Read More

Consumption Junction, What’s Your Function? A Review of William Cavanaugh’s Being Consumed

William T. Cavanaugh, Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008), 103 pages, $10.11 paper. Click here to buy Being Consumed from Amazon.com and to help support The Other Journal. People everywhere are being forced to pay attention to the transnational economy these days, and they are asking questions about the meaning of production and consumption in the brave new world of the twenty-first century. Though the... Read More

A Review of Lucia Perillo’s I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing

Lucia Perillo, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature (San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press, 2007), 256 pages, $18.21. Click here to buy from Amazon.com and support The Other Journal. When poet and park ranger Lucia Perillo was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her thirties, the physical limitations of her body became an overwhelming reality. Whereas she once had gloried in the independence, solitude, and physical strength that... Read More